Grief & Suicide Terms

Grief & Suicide Terms: Q & R

Grief & suicide terms, words and phrases are often used by crisis counselors and others in the health-care field. You can study these and/or copy them to your dictionary.

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Quality of life Relative state of individual well-being/functioning.
QPR "Question, persuade, and refer"; suicide prevention program (QPR Institute).
Rational suicide Presumption of reasonable choice by the terminally ill.
Reactive depression Identified as linked to a particular situation or life event; acute.
Reasonable care The average standard of a clinician's profession.
Reasons for dying Set of faulty, self-biased beliefs that may be voiced by a suicidal individual.
Rebirth suicide Completion as strategy to "start over" or become something else.
Receptor Target of a neurotransmitter.
Reconstruction Bereaved's recasting of past events or relationships linked to lost loved one.
Recovery guilt Discomfort with feelings of happiness or peace of mind after loss.
Refractory Resistant or unresponsive to treatment or intervention.
Relative risk Ratio of at-risk to non-risk individuals in a group.
Remission Period of temporary abatement of symptoms in an ill individual.
Repeater Individual with history of suicide attempts.
Residential program Alternative to hospitalization, homelike supportive care setting.
Respite suicide Completion to escape disappointment or to relieve pain or stress (Tanney).
Respondent suicide Suicide survivor suicide attributed to "joining" the initial victim.
Rescue Successful intervention in a suicide attempt.
Rescue fantasy Belief that some suicidal individuals expect to be saved.
Rescuing Increasingly zealous efforts by clinician to prevent completion by a chronically suicidal individual (Gabbard).
Revenge suicide See message of anger.
Reunion suicide Completion related to death of a loved one or wish to join her/him (Wohl).
Rewired Refers to negative change in brain structure due to abuse, drugs, or other trauma.
Right to die Individual self-determination of when and how to die.
Right to suicide View that an individual may rationally choose to end their life.
Risk Exposure or vulnerability to harm, disease, or death.
Risk factor Attribute associated with the likelihood of suicide.
Risk management Effort to lessen exposure to liability or an adverse event or outcome.
Risk reduction Individual behavior change to lessen risk/exposure.
Ritualistic suicide See obligatory suicide.
Role loss Personal identification (e.g., being a spouse) lost due to death.
Rule of double effect Balancing good acts/intentions with foreseeable bad outcomes of an action.
Rule of thirds 1/3 recover completely; 1/3 improve with treatment; 1/3 remain chronic or unresponsive.
Rural suicide Incidence of suicide in non-urban/non-suburban areas.

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